Earwigs, also known as pincher bugs, are weird looking medium size insects that sometimes invade homes and other types of residences. They love it dark, damp, and warm, throw in a few decaying plant materials and wood and you just described heaven for them.
There are about 2,000 species of earwigs roaming the earth. They are called earwigs because once, a while ago, they were believed to burrow into human and lay eggs in their brains. It sounds really scary, but this has only served to create notoriety about them that is not justified.
They do look scary though, like something out of a fantasy movie filled with weird monsters. In actual fact, they are not as dangerous as they look. They are omnivores just like us which means that they will eat just about everything, but they are partial to rotting wood, plants, and leaves.
HOW TO IDENTIFY AN EARWIG INFESTATION
Appearance- Earwigs look pretty intimidating with their pincers on the end of their abdomens, even though in reality, they are harmless to humans and pets. Earwigs are just about the size of a small bug, ¼ to 1 inch long. They have 6 legs attached to 3 body parts all behind 2 antennae. They also come with a pair of membraneous wings (only adults have them).
Behavior – Earwigs prefer damp, peaceful environments. They will feed on any plant or plant material they find available. Infestations are easy to detect because if you spy multiple earwigs within your home, then it is likely there is an earwig problem that needs to be addressed. Earwig control is essential to keeping the problem from getting worse as earwigs can become a nuisance if they begin to reproduce in or around your home.
WHY YOU MIGHT HAVE EARWIGS
Earwigs don’t need much, they just need shelter and safety. Homes, apartments, or yards can offer a safe place to live and breed, which is why earwigs may be drawn to your property. They enjoy being near water, so rooms such as a bathroom, laundry room, or kitchen are ideal places for earwigs to create a new home. They usually make this exodus indoors when the conditions outside are not conducive for them anymore.
They could also be attracted to your garden if you have trees that are dying or lots of decaying leaves and plants. It is not an unusual sight to move decaying leaves and plants aside and see several earwigs scuttling around under it.
Earwigs might also have stowed away in boxes delivered to your house if those boxes had been stored in a garage or a wet warehouse.
REASONS TO TREAT YOUR EARWIG PROBLEM IMMEDIATELY
Earwigs are not dangerous and they do not transmit diseases to humans, but they can still do some damage if not checked. Below are some of them:
– Earwigs are quite scary to look at, and seeing them in large numbers in your house can be traumatizing.
– They have been known to pinch humans with the pincers on their abdomen when they are disturbed. The pinch, while mildly painful, is neither venomous nor dangerous, it is just a pinch.
– You should note that because of where they like to live (under decaying organic matter), they might have come in contact with some form of bacteria which can be transmitted if you have an open wound on your body.
– The presence of earwigs in your home could indicate some unseen water damage somewhere. The insects are attracted to rotting woods, their interest in your house can be an indicator of some structural damage.
– While majority of earwigs will only be in your home for shelter and protection, some outdoor earwigs may start to munch on your grass or anything in your garden. The damage that can be done may be minimal, but it could get worse as their population grows.
HOW TO HANDLE EARWIG INFESTATION
As with most pest infestations, the most effective solution is to call a professional pest control company. We are here to make sure we serve you in the best way possible. We will come to you and offer you our personalized earwig control services. Outdoor earwigs will not make it inside your residence and the earwigs that have made it inside will cleared and gotten rid of.
We will also make sure to remove all the earwigs that are causing havoc in your garden and reclaim your garden.
TIPS TO PREVENT FURTHER EARWIG INFESTATION
After you’ve successfully removed earwigs from your property, it is important to put measures in place to ensure you don’t get hit with a second wave. Here are a few simple things to prevent another earwig infestation from happening:
– Try and keep the humidity in your kitchen and bathrooms low by making use of the venting system, or a humidifier. This makes your house inhabitable for the insects.
– Be sure to remove leaves, dead plants, and woodpiles from the areas surrounding your house.
– Properly check the exterior of your foundation, and seal all cracks, holes, and crevices that you can find. This could help keep them out.
– It is also not a bad idea to place a barrier of stones or rocks between your house foundations and any grass or mulch.
– Clean up any clutter that you might have in your house. This eliminates hiding places for the earwigs.
– If you have earwigs in your garden, you can go the natural way of getting rid of them. Toads and birds are their natural predators, making your garden bird-friendly could help you solve your earwig problem.